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Has your approach to journaling, planning, etc. changed over the years? What would you like to do in the future?

Date: 2017-05-06 10:58 pm (UTC)
used_songs: (Gaga wigging)
From: [personal profile] used_songs
I tried the bullet journal thing at the start of this year, but it just didn't work for me. It was way too structured and it mixed work and my life up to an uncomfortable degree.

I used to use giant scrapbooks as my journals so I could glue in flyers and other larger items. I've gone to smaller books, but it's the same basic approach.

Date: 2017-05-07 06:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gokuma
Same here. I guess one of the important things is realising what's the Point of your journaling - is it just planning ahead, reflection, brain-dumping, describing your day, etc.

Date: 2017-05-07 11:14 am (UTC)
used_songs: (Ginger Rogers)
From: [personal profile] used_songs
Exactly! I'm all about the separate work to do list - it helps me monitor how I'm getting through important tasks. But for myself, I'm more interested in a record of how I felt and what I thought about rather than whether or not I got all of my papers graded.

Date: 2017-05-07 06:36 am (UTC)
gokuma: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gokuma
I used to write regular journals, with lots of pictures, stickers, price tags, tickets and whatnot. Then I stopped, for many years.
I returned to journaling about two years ago, after reading this book =>
Journaling helps me a lot, mostly with clearing my mind and listing the most important things about a passing and upcoming day. Plus it gives me an outlet for my creative/decorative endeavours XD

Date: 2017-05-07 11:12 am (UTC)
used_songs: (umbrella words)
From: [personal profile] used_songs
That sounds like an interesting book. The thing I like about journaling is that I'm the author and the audience, so it's one of the few things I do 100% for myself.

Date: 2017-05-07 11:57 am (UTC)
okrablossom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
I really love this point. Thank you for saying it so I could articulate it to myself.

Date: 2017-05-07 09:37 pm (UTC)
peartreealley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] peartreealley
Oh, goodness yes.

I've done txt.file digital lists of various forms, notebooks, stacks of post-it notes, that were nothing but to-do lists.... (And then I'd have other notebooks and digital widgets for ideas and brainstorming and other such.) Other than my online journal and various blogs, I didn't really keep a journal, although I did do a brain dumping and reflection into 750 Words. But I really wanted to move offline, especially with my private journaling.

A couple of years ago I discovered and started playing with Bullet Journal. Initially I liked it because it let me keep everything in one place. Later on, I hated it because it kept everything in one place.

Last summer, I bought myself a "wedding present" in the form of a (faux) Travelers Notebook with my married name stamped on it. It's been a good purchase, and it continues to get regular use, despite that I've changed how it gets used almost monthly and more times than I can keep up with. Because it's basically just a leather folder that holds a few little notebook inserts a time, it's really great for someone who is constantly tailoring their system. (Assuming their system, like mine, tends to involve use of notebooks.)

Anyway, right now, my journaling system is as such:
Disposable notebook for to-dos, rapidlogging, and braindumps. At the moment this is an entirely separate item (cheap spiral-bound notebook) from my Travelers Notebook, although I think when I finish this one I'll switch to adding a notebook into my TN to keep everything in the same folder. The reason I keep this one part from other stuff is because I realized that having my to-do lists and random notes in with my more reflective journaling entries led to my journal being overwhelmed by "clean cat box" and "do laundry" and "check energy tariffs" and "see if library has this book" and I didn't like that, so I changed it.

Journaling. This notebook has been for reflection, occasional freewriting, and other thoughts I want to look back on. Flat things, like event ticket stubs, often end up taped in as well. I try to keep it indexed, but I often fail. (I can do it later, if I really want to.)

Appropriate specialist notebook for the time. Sometimes I want a specific notebook to keep info on a specific major project going on in my life. I have the least success with follow-through on these ones, but I still do it if it feels like it's the right thing to do XD

Life in Lists. An notebook with an ongoing collection of bullet points, grouped in categories and year. Places visited, books read, notable experiences, stories written, etc. This is, in a way, my answer to bujo migration.

These days, my TN goes with me pretty much everywhere ^_^
Edited Date: 2017-05-07 09:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-08 06:51 am (UTC)
peartreealley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] peartreealley
You're welcome ^_^ Thanks for giving an outlet to chat about it!

I've also thought about maybe having sticky notes in my journal for the disposable to-dos, but I think a notebook (in the folder or separate) still lets me get a wider view for how the week/month/etc. is going and space to braindump and organize a few ideas without having to "commit" them to the record of my life XD

The other thing I bounced off in BuJo was migration. While I liked having collections, I really didn't like having to constantly copy things over to the next notebook. Which is why I keep my lists in their own notebook, which can hold years of migration at a time XD

(Sometimes I think it's possible I think about journaling/planning/org too much. But I enjoy it as a topic!)

A series of digressions

Date: 2017-05-08 10:55 am (UTC)
peartreealley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] peartreealley
Relatedly, one thing I recently realized is that the planner/organizer should be a jumping point to action, not the action itself. So while I admire a lot of complex systems, and fancy weekly spreads, and all of that... I keep mine pretty minimal. And I change it as my life dictates change. My life today is unrecognizable to the life I had three years ago (I'm in a different relationship, in a different field of work, I've added new obsessions/hobbies, heck, I'm physically in a completely different part of the globe)--why should how I plan/organize it have stayed the same?

(Organization aiding the action, not being the action is also, I think, why I almost always create a notebook for a big project, but I end up abandoning it--creating that notebook helps me think about the organization and the planning, but along the way continuing it becomes unnecessary or cumbersome the actual action. My projects still get finished, and if a £2 notebook helped me get there, even if I only used 10% of the pages... and stopped using it two weeks in, well, I still think it's a good trade off ;) (Even if the efficiency freak in me screams that I should find a way to streamline it so I'm not "wasting" notebooks.)

Journaling is another thing entirely, which I think is part of why I keep it separate now. I admire art journaling, and want to get into that, but at the moment I'm content with lots of text and the occasional doodle when the fancy strikes. But I think perhaps even more than planning and org, a journal should reflect our changing selves--whether it's in the prose or the formatting.

Date: 2017-05-08 02:43 pm (UTC)
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
From: [personal profile] fay_e
I'm extremely different from everyone else who has commented, because all my notebooks has lead me into bullet journaling!

I always had notebooks of stories. One day my parents tried to give me a diary with one page a day. It frustrated me because I was way too used to writing many pages at a time. So I wrote over the other days. Eventually the disjoint between the day and the content irritated me to the point I stopped writing.

In my teens for more accountability I did "Dear Diary" entries with a twist - I wrote to different people, eventually settling on my crush. But once my crush was over my diary writing stopped too.

I didn't pick up journaling until I went overseas for studies and I had a lot of things to keep track of. I wrote a lot before going to the new country - and nothing at all in the new country.

Then I read about bullet journaling and it made a few things click - the urge to write down as much as I wanted, daily accountability, and keeping track of things in a logical way. I tested bullet journaling out in a planner, then switched to a full notebook once I got something that worked for me.

Date: 2017-05-10 01:49 pm (UTC)
fay_e: Text: If what they say is nothing last forever, what makes love the exception (what makes love the exception)
From: [personal profile] fay_e
Oh not at all re: anti bullet journalling! Just wondering why it clicked the most with me.


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